The State Government of Western Australia can refer matters to the ERA for us to conduct an inquiry. The aim of these inquiries is to provide independent advice to the State Government on a specific issue, or set of issues.
An inquiry is initiated when the Treasurer sends a reference to the ERA. The terms of reference describe what the inquiry will cover, the reporting date and whether a public consultation period will be held.
Once complete, our final report is forwarded to the Treasurer, who must table it in Parliament within 28 days of receiving it. The Western Australian Government makes the final decision on whether to adopt the recommendations proposed in the ERA’s report.